With plenty of quality properties on offer for both outdoor and adventure enthusiasts and more leisurely holidaymakers, Mid Wales and Powys is well worth considering for your next Welsh break. There are castles to explore, stately homes and gardens waiting to be discovered, and charming market towns to potter around. If that sounds a little too relaxed for your liking, Mid Wales can also offer a whole range of thrill-a-minute adventure activities.
Powis Castle, one of the most fascinating and unique castles in Wales, is situated in this region. Whilst the castle itself and its collection of rare antiques and artworks are all worthy of your attention, Powis is equally famous for its splendid terraces and gardens. Dating back to the 1680s, the gardens were revolutionary for the time, and even today, they have the power to surprise and impress. Other castles in the area include Montgomery and Dolforwyn, both now just atmospheric ruins, but still well worth exploring.
Perhaps gentler than some other regions of Wales, the landscape of Mid Wales is nonetheless breathtaking in its beauty. Who can resist the romantic charms of Lake Vyrnwy, for example, or the rugged beauty of the Cambrian Mountains? There’s plenty of accommodation to choose from for those who enjoy walking, with Offa’s Dyke National Trail easily accessible, and Glyndŵr's Way also offering extensive trails through the region. The Elan Valley is a delightful place to visit, with its awe-inspiring dams and some beautiful scenery, and wildlife enthusiasts will enjoy trying to spot birds such as red kites, merlins, and crossbills.
Outdoor enthusiasts who book Mid Wales short breaks will be impressed by the championship downhill mountain biking track at Caersws, and there are canoeing and kayaking opportunities on both the Wye and the Severn. For high-octane fun, rally driving experiences are available at Carno, and off-road motorcycling sessions can be booked near Llanidloes.
There are quite a number of small museums in this part of Wales, each with its own unique charms. The Newtown Textile Museum offers an insight into the weaving industry that flourished in the town during the 1800s, whilst the W H Smith Museum, above the vintage-themed shop, charts the history of this High Street institution.
Many of the towns make for great locations for Powys short breaks and days out exploring. Montgomery, Rhayader, Newtown, and Welshpool all have flourishing hearts, with excellent independent stores and boutiques to wander around, and some great restaurants and cafes to eat in, try the Corn Store in Welshpool or The Checkers in Montgomery for a great meal out, or pop into The Old Swan Tea Rooms in Rhayader for an amazing choice of cakes and pastries for an afternoon treat.
Whether you visit Mid Wales on a short break or simply to explore an area that is new to you, you’ll be surprised at how much there is to see and do here. Escape to the countryside for rest and relaxation or throw yourself headlong into an adventure-packed holiday in the great outdoors - whatever accommodation you choose, you will receive the warmest of welcomes.
Browse our list of the best accommodation in Montgomeryshire and Powys, and great places to stay for holidays and short breaks. The area borders England to the east and Ceredigion to the west and has an abundance of quality accommodations, tourist attractions, and activities. Mid Wales short breaks can be enjoyed in any number of superb locations.
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